Must be all the lamb scrumpets and Pimm’s Cups.
Could also be because they get to say the word “scrumpets” all the time.
Anyway, meet The Cavalier, a new London-leaning brasserie containing all the accoutrements you’d expect of such a thing, up to and including a Fox Hunt Room (it’s still got gin, so you’re good), opening tonight in SoMa’s Hotel Zetta.
There’s sort of an English manor meets the saloon portion of Richard Branson’s hunting lodge vibe in here. Little bit of 1960s London. Little bit of taxidermied deer head. Lot of Welsh rarebit soufflé and beer.
Start by walking in the door. From there: decisions. Bank left and you’re in the Blue Room. It’s the bar. It’s got white Italian-marble tiles and cocktails (like the gin-heavy White Lady) inspired by old-timey London hot spots (like the Savoy circa 1930).
Just to the right lies the Fox Hunt Room. Great spot for a post-work pint and a Scotch egg. Moving on...
Make for the Rail Car Room in the back when you’re ready to get serious. Sit on a long, tufted banquette and get to know someone over venison tartare and rum punch.
And more gin. But mostly rum punch.